Monster of the Day #984

Monsters and subs have to be one of my all-time favorite combos.

  • Ericb

    Looks like ve took der wrong turn at Brest.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Ah, cover art for Burroughs’ ‘The Land That Time Forgot’. Amusing to read this series, as we see the Germans go from being barely human in the first book to noble heroes in the second and then back to baby-eating monsters in the third. ERB was not a subtle author.

  • bgbear_rnh

    To be fair to Burroughs, the Germans always left us guessing in the 20th century.

  • Eric Hinkle

    True, and his work does show us the popular images of various nationalities in American culture through the early to mid 20th century, as well as how they changed back and forth over time. And I honestly love the Barsoom books. Sword fights, monsters, and gorgeous gals with both backbones and brains, yeah!

    It’s just that the “German = Monster” has always bugged me because my family is Pennsylvania Dutch and I was repeatedly taunted for being a ‘Nazi’ all through school. Typically by the same guys who turned around to curse every Jew that ever lived.

  • bgbear_rnh

    These beasties seem to be having a grand time.

    hey Bob, 5 Deutsche Mark, 50 meter long, hah, get it?

  • bgbear_rnh

    Unfortunately we really do now who the monsters of the day really are.

  • sandra

    Did the water monsters call in air support or is one of them jumping really high ?

  • Look at how excited those monster look. Like they think their getting a 41 gun salute instead of being shot at.

  • Ericb

    There was a real U-33 from WW1 (I’m assuming this cover is from before WW2):

    16 patrols

    84 ships sunk with a total of 194,131 tons.
    8 ships damaged with a total of 36,452 tons.
    1 ship taken as prize with a total of 453 tons. (View ships hit by U 33)

    16 Jan 1919 – Surrendered.
    Broken up at Blyth in 1919-20.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I will say that while goofy-looking, those are the happiest dinosaurs I’ve ever seen. And I wonder, was this from the years before Amazing Stories flipped out over the Shaver Mystery?

  • Gamera977

    They’re lucky it’s sea serpents instead of the total badassness of Doug McClure…

  • bgbear_rnh

    I think many prehistoric animals had the choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life philosophy. Might explain their extinction. No one wanted to do the dirty work ;)

  • Flangepart

    No! Not der cowboy!

    A happy monster is an easily amused monster.

  • Rodford Smith

    Didn’t these monsters show up later in the _Mighty Samson_ comic? :-)

  • Luke Blanchard

    According to the ISFDB, this is the Feb. 1927 issue. The magazine was still in the hands of its founder, Hugo Gernsback, and the cover artist was Frank R. Paul. The Shaver Mystery material dates from a later period, when it was owned by Ziff-Davis and edited by Ray Palmer. Wikipedia’s article on Shaver says the Shaver Mystery material started appearing with the Mar. 1945 issue.

  • Eric Hinkle

    Thanks. I’ve heard of Gernsback and Paul before, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of his art before this.